Can Buyukberber is pioneering the exploration between art and technology. He creates immersive environments, combining virtual reality, audiovisual elements, and projection mapping. His work facilitates experiences that challenge human perception of reality and provoke conversation around the fundamental nature of consciousness.
Born and raised in Izmir, Turkey, Buyukberber spent 10 years living in Istanbul and then moved to the U.S. in August 2015 to pursue his master’s degree at the San Francisco Art Institute. He describes his body of work as one unit, with each piece representing a puzzle piece in the larger whole, leading to his inability to single out any project as being his favorite. The new augmented realities he is creating elicit what he describes as “genuine and sincere responses,” which is how he answered each topic we addressed.
He is currently enrolled in a three-month augmented-reality artist-in-residency program and has numerous projects slated for 2018. While eager to discuss his past work and background, he was careful not to divulge many secrets about his process or what he’s up to next.
Can you tell us a little about your art and background?
I have a background in physics and visual communications design, but I always wanted to pursue being an artist. My practice consists of experimenting with different media in both digital and physical realms, trying to find new ways of combining spaces. For instance, last year I was doing a lot of VR and projection mapping using architecture. I’ve also done smaller-scale physical installations with object-based 3-D printing, combining lighting, audio, and visual. I like creating audio/visual immersive experiences, removing the audience from their daily state of consciousness. I also like playing with macro/micro overview effect. I’m highly interested in immersion, geometry, and geometric patterns that can be observed in nature and play between organic and inorganic shapes. Most of my inspiration comes from observations of nature and physics, applying the natural beauty to scientific schematics and turning that into an experience.